Council pulls the plug on leaf blower action

Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Those waiting for clarity on what Ojai’s rules are and will be regarding leaf blowers will have to wait a bit longer; the Ojai City Council voted Tuesday to continue the matter until Feb. 23. The delay, according to city staff, stems from a request by Ojai Citizens for Clean Air to provide additional information.

While some cities across the state have banned the landscaping tools because of noise and emissions issues, the matter has blown up much controversy in Ojai, from those defending them as invaluable for elderly residents who struggle with raking, to those who favor low-noise blowers only, to those who want only electric blowers permitted, to those simply wanting some sort of decision made after about three years of discussions.

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